When you say the word ‘game’, what does it make you think of? Does it conjure up ideas of friendly fun, or violence and horror?
I know for me, my perception of a game is something that gets people engaging with one another and laughing, testing the mind a little and coming away feeling jovial and light spirited. However, in this modern world, the word ‘game’ is more and more related to scenes of extreme violence and crime. The rise of video games have allowed the technology industry to transform games into an immersive experience in a world where law and order isn’t prevalent, and instead you can explore a virtual version of reality that exploits women, promotes crime and even murder.
When looking into a standard definition of the word ‘game’, the Oxford English Dictionary describes a game as “a form of competitive activity or sport played according to rules” or “an activity that one engages in for amusement.” These definitions don’t immediately shout out horror or violence to me. I can’t be the only one in feeling the way I do, and with this in mind, I’m wondering if parents and caregivers really understand the true extent that online gaming and video games have reached?